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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021

- COMPETITION -
The Scholastic Action Shooting Program returned to the CMP Marksmanship Park grounds on March 12-14th to hold its Collegiate National Championship. Over three days, college action shooting teams ran squads of athletes through the four-stage competition.
Over the next two weeks, more than 150 athletes from 15 Iowa colleges and universities will participate in the 2021 Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) Collegiate Championships in Skeet, Sporting Clays and Trap.
- CONSERVATION -
It is a ways off the beaten path, but a 1,300-acre slice of western Idaho elk country is now much more accessible and greatly improves public access to surrounding federal and state lands as well.
Mispillion Harbor, one of the most important locations for the survival of Red Knots and other migrating shorebirds, has been further protected, announced the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), The Conservation Fund, Delaware Ornithological Society and Delaware Wild Lands, Inc.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is unveiling new action-based frameworks to increase conservation work to address threats facing America’s working rangelands. These frameworks are designed to benefit both agriculture and wildlife in sagebrush and grassland landscapes of the western United States.

- ENFORCEMENT -
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are asking for the public’s help in gathering information about a deer poaching incident in Duchesne County.
- EVENTS -
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is offering two new Teen Conservation Weekends to be held at the Edward F. Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton this August.
Country music superstar Willie Nelson isn’t with them but “Country Outdoors” podcast and Outdoor Channel “Country Outdoors Live” host Mary O’Neill Phillips, along with husband Zach and their dog Forrest Gump, hit the road again for Country Outdoors Turkey Tour 2 in March.
The inaugural Ducks Unlimited Expo (DUX) is slated for June 25-27, at Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway. Family-friendly, the outdoor consumer show will feature several interactive villages where attendees can see, experience and buy the latest outdoor products in archery, fishing, off-roading, ATV/UTVing, biking, and more.

- FISHERIES -
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Toho the week of April 12, weather permitting.
The late night, annual walleye collection began last week at Rathbun and Storm lakes and earlier this week at the Iowa Great Lakes. Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau will set gillnets at night looking for walleyes ready to spawn.
Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources placed fyke nets in the outlets of the sloughs that flow into Big Spirit Lake on March 23 to start collecting northern pike.
- GEAR -
Bond Arms makes swapping barrels quick and easy. All barrels fit all models of Bond Arms’ double barrel handguns.

Gamakatsu® turned to Bass Pro Mike McClelland when they were designing the Under Spin Head. The veteran angler drew on his 31 years as a professional bass fisherman to help build the ultimate swimbait head, with enough added flash to force even uncooperative fish to bite.
The Rapala process of turning balsa into life-like minnows that catch more and bigger fish worldwide is what inspired 2019 Bassmaster Classic Champion Ott DeFoe to partner with Rapala to create the newest addition to the Rapala line-up of balsa-based lures — the OG Slim 6.
- GRANTS -
Thanks to the generosity of Cox Enterprises Chairman and former Wetlands America Trust President Jim Kennedy, Ducks Unlimited (DU) will have an additional $1.1 million to support wetlands conservation efforts along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
- INDUSTRY -
Primary Arms Optics is proud to announce its sponsorship of Team One Network, a veteran-run training group that supports law enforcement and military personnel.

TrueTimber and American Honda have joined forces to form a partnership of two renowned brands. Working side-by-side, the two companies have developed new, special edition off-road vehicles as well as a co-branded line of outdoor apparel.
Outdoor Edge announced that it has renewed its partnership with Randy Birdsong and Nate Hosie and their award-winning TV show, HeadHunters for the eighth consecutive year.
Davidson’s, Inc. has been approved by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to become a Patron member.
- JOBS -
Benelli USA is looking to expand its Marketing department with the addition of a Director of Marketing.

- NEW PRODUCTS -
With an MSRP of $589, POINTER ACRIUS Over-Unders provide exceptional craftsmanship with a variety of popular gauges to choose from (12, 20, 28, 410), youth models in (20, 410), Features include - walnut stock, 5 chokes, extractors, raised vent ribs, crisp mechanical triggers, chrome lined barrels, barrel selector and shot-after-shot consistency that’s found in shotgun’s costing hundreds of dollars more.
SPRO has added four of the most popular colors to the King Daddy line to answer angler demand.
Hunters establish feeding stations to attract and nourish deer, not rodents. Keep varmints out and wildlife coming back with the Wildgame Innovations® Evolution Feeder PCUs (Power Control Unit).
For dove hunters looking for the ultimate, spinning-wing decoy, the wait is over. New for 2021, the Avian-X® PowerFlight™ Dove decoy sets the standard in motion decoys.

- ORGANIZATIONS -
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announces Leupold as a new corporate partner and supporter of the organization’s nationwide chapter networks. 
- PASSINGS -
All at Lyman are sad to announce the passing of James F. “Mace” Thompson, the founder of Lyman Products Corp. Mace passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday Apr. 3, 2021. He was 79.
- PRODUCTS -
Wildgame Innovations® adds two new models, the Evolution Feeder 225 and Evolution Feeder 270, to its line of dependable hunting feeders for 2021.
- RETAIL -
Comp-Tac launched a new and improved website during the month of March with enhanced mobile capabilities and a new and easy to use shop by gun feature.

- STATE PARKS -

Visitors to Maquoketa Caves State Park can fully explore the park’s caves starting April 15, 2021 after being closed for more than a year due to COVID and winter bat hibernation. 

 

- STATES -
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park, located near Brinkley, is scheduled to reopen today (Wednesday, April 7) after renovations to preserve this National Historic Landmark.
- TELEVISION -
Tonight on Shooting USA, see the precision rifle course shot in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with steel targets sized to simulate the vitals of western game animals.
This week on MOJO TV, Mojo looks back at one of Mike Morgan’s last turkey hunts and a chance to bring home Gold at the annual Turkey Fest in Henrietta, Texas.
- WASHINGTON -
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is unveiling new action-based frameworks to increase conservation work to address threats facing America’s working rangelands. These frameworks are designed to benefit both agriculture and wildlife in sagebrush and grassland landscapes of the western United States.
- WILDLIFE -
Baiting and recreational feeding of deer remains illegal throughout the Lower Peninsula and the Core CWD Area in the Upper Peninsula. The ban is in place to lower the risk of spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) and bovine tuberculosis. Both diseases are spread through saliva and other bodily fluids that can be present at shared feeding sites.
If you see any frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, lizards or turtles while out exploring natural areas, parks, trails or even your neighborhood, please report your observations to the DNR.
All ages and experience levels are invited to participate in Michigan's Adopt-A-Nest monitoring program, and it’s easy to do. A minimum commitment of three nest visits between May 15 and Aug. 1, lasting at least 15 minutes each, is all it takes to determine 1) if there is a nesting attempt, 2) if birds are actively nesting and 3) if there are any chicks in the nest.
- WORKSHOPS -
A virtual Birds and Books educator workshop on April 20 will use literature books to teach science concepts to preschool aged children.
- YOUTH -
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors at workshops in Lincoln and Kearney in the coming months.
 

Editor’s Note: Today’s feature comes to us courtesy of our friends at GoWild. Thanks to Brad Luttrell and his team for sharing their work with our readers.


Outdoor social media platform, GoWild, is issuing a strong warning to firearms consumers:

Scammers are aiming for your ammo purchases.

GoWild’s security team has flagged a record amount of firearms scammers focusing on gun accessories over the last few weeks, especially with ammunition. While GoWild deletes the scammers from its platform immediately upon identification, the company has also found scammers circulating through other social networks, and is therefore releasing tips to help shoppers identify the scammers.

“With gun sales at an all-time high and ammunition in short supply, scammers see a rich opportunity,” said firearms enthusiast and GoWild Cofounder, President, Zack Grimes. “Buying ammo online is safe if you’re working with a known reputable company—I do it all the time. But these scammers are taking advantage of millions of new gun owners and even some long-time firearms owners.”

About the Scammers

Most of the scammers are operating from outside of the United States. They are not only using fake business names, they’re creating fake logos, addresses and websites to pose as legitimate companies. The content posted usually appears to be stolen.

At first glance and especially to an untrained eye, it can be tough to tell if a company is legitimate. But GoWild’s tips below will help consumers better identify scammers.

Tips to Avoid Being Scammed

  1. If it’s too good of a deal, it is
    Scammers often list prices for half MSRP.

  2. Don’t take the convo to another platform
    On social media platforms, scammers nearly always ask to speak via direct message or will often ask to use another chat app (WeChat, Hangouts, etc.).

  3. Be leary of messaging app purchases with third party payments
    Many scammers are selling via direct messaging through social media platforms, not real websites. They are asking for customers to use Venmo or Cash App to send payment. If the scammer has a website, credit card will sometimes not be an option. The only payment options are often Zelle, PayPal, Cash App, Venmo and even Bitcoin. GoWild does not recommend trusting sellers who direct messaged you and want to use third party payment apps. The company also recommends against trusting retailers who don’t accept credit cards.

  4. Check for website security indicators
    Real retailers will have an SSL certificate, which ensures a secure connection for transferring personal data. Tap the lock at the beginning of a web URL to see if your connection is secure. Please note GoWild has still identified scammers with SSL certificates for fake websites.

  5. Look for confusing sentences or misspellings
    Scammer communication will often be confusing and with poor grammar. Scammer websites are chocked full of typos and glaring mistakes. GoWild has found that many of the scammer websites are using copy and images from established businesses. One scam website listed its own fake name but forgot to change the original retailer’s name in the next paragraph.

  6. Check the business address
    It sounds simple but it’s one of the easiest ways to verify a real business. Business addresses for scammers are always fake. A simple check online will often lead you to find the website’s address listing is not even a real address. If you can’t find an address, be leary.

  7. When in doubt, don’t buy
    If you buy, the scammers are going to have not only your payment information, but your home address. Even with this firearm and ammo shortage, it’s not worth it.

  8. Simply put: Buy from trusted sources

The best way to ensure you’re not getting scammed is to work with brands you know and trust.

A few fake companies we've found:

About GoWild

GoWild is the best digital platform to interact with other outdoor enthusiasts, and learn about new gear, tactics and content. Only GoWild delivers a fun community, gear insights and a fun way to share your story and shop for gear. Visit shopgowild.com to shop or downloadgowild.com to join.

 
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